February 16, 2018

Roger Federer Set To Make History Today

Ace tennis star, Roger Federer, is getting set to make history in the world of tennis as the oldest world number one today, as he faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Ratterdam Open.

Federer's victory today will allow him to replace his old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.

The 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted that he "never imagined" he'd get the opportunity would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33-years and 131-days.

This would be he's first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top spot in February 2004.

"This is an exciting challenge, I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year," said Federer who was as low as 17 in the world in January last year before he returned to form with the Australian Open title. 

"I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to.

"The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I’m very excited for tomorrow’s match, I can’t wait for it to come around."

Federer moved into the quarter-finals on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. 

"Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle," said Federer who has won three of the last five majors. 

"I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off. 

"He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that’s a great sign. I’d rather do that and return poorly."

Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber.

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